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Rule 640 | Unnecessary Roughness (Roughing)

Rule 640 | Unnecessary Roughness (Roughing)

(Note) Roughing shall be considered any act where a player uses unnecessary force to push or shove an opponent or makes avoidable physical contact with an opponent after the whistle.

Under this rule, a penalty for roughing should also be assessed to a player who delivers an avoidable body check to an opponent who is no longer in possession and control of the puck.

(a) A minor or double minor penalty shall be assessed to any player who is deemed guilty of unnecessary roughness (roughing).

Any action warranting a major penalty under this rule shall be assessed under Rule 615 (Fighting).

(b) A minor or major penalty shall be assessed (except Adult Male Classifications) to any player who delivers an avoidable body check to an opponent who is no longer in possession and control of the puck. 

(c) A minor or major penalty shall be assessed to any player who makes avoidable physical contact with an opponent after the whistle.

(d) A major plus a game misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player who injures an opponent as a result of an avoidable check to a player who is not in possession and control of the puck or who makes avoidable physical contact with an opponent after the whistle.